24 aspiring tutors decry Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation stepmotherly treatment

Bhayandar: Exposing the insensitive attitude of the higher-ups in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), 24 teachers assigned jointly by the state government and zilla parishad authorities, continue to be the recipients of stepmotherly treatment, even after they were denied postings in the civic schools. The teachers are now running from pillar-to-post to get an official letter, stating MBMC’s refusal for getting them absorbed on their payroll — a much-needed document, enabling them to secure appointment in other government schools.

Owing to the increasing exodus of students from government and private aided primary schools, many teachers are on the verge of losing their jobs. To resolve the issue, the state government’s education department has formulated a strategy by accommodating the surplus teachers in municipal, local self-government schools or those run by aided private or minority institutions. Subsequently, the 24 teachers had been referred to join the Marathi, Hindi and Urdu medium schools run by the MBMC.

However, the general body turned the proposal, despite of the fact MBMC schools are facing a shortage of 65 teachers for the past several years. “The MBMC should at least acknowledge their refusal, so we can approach the government for other job opportunities,” said a teacher.

“We have tabled a detailed report. The civic chief will take an appropriate step on the issue,” said Urmilla Pardhe, an education officer. The recently adopted ‘No work, No Pay’ principle by the education dept has further added to the injuries of the teachers, who will not get salaries unless they are shifted to another job and assigned work.

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